Leno pushes bill that recognizes historical feats of LGBT community

Whatever happens with Proposition 8 and the same-sex marriage debate, Sen. Mark Leno wants future generations (gay and straight) to know exactly how this controversy unfolded.

Leno has introduced legislation that would include the historical contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in school textbooks and materials.

The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Education Act would add the LGBT community to the existing list of underrepresented cultural and ethnic groups already listed in the state’s inclusionary education requirements, Leno says.

“Most textbooks don’t include any historical information about the LGBT movement, which has great significance to both California and U.S. history,” said Leno, who represents San Francisco. “Our collective silence on this issue perpetuates negative stereotypes of LGBT people and leads to increased bullying of young people.”

Leno pointed to research which indicates that bullying rates are double in schools where students do not learn about the contributions of LGBT Americans.

esherbert@sfexaminer.com

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